Oscar loves the water, and Katie loves Oscar. There I was blissfully alone after work and un-occupied in the serine space of my living room, while everyone else was outside. It’s as good as pie. Then my wife busts in, “I need you to take a photo with my phone.” She could tell by the look on my face that I was in no mood for art direction. I then read the look on her face and gave her the full capacity my attention. The only directives I remember are “back lit, sea spray, Oscar, and awesome.” It took less the 20 seconds. We played our parts with the effortless grace of a NASCAR pit crew. I love these little walks she grants me through her mind. She is pure love, hunger for happiness, and a full on creative colossus! Luckily for our boy Sonny and our pup Oscar, she pours it all into them.
Below is a work in progress.
I have always loved abstract photography. Photography is the raw truth, but it’s the raw truth of a single moment that has passed. That truth echos though time and falls remarkably short of painting an honest picture. We are all far too complex to fit within the confines of our identity. Yet we allow a snapshot version of ourselves to dominate. This is very limiting to ourselves and to each other. I think that is what draws me to to abstract photography. Its vagueness puts you on the path of the subject, which is the only way of hoping to know it. We know each other through time. We change. All things constantly update or fall away. The moment between the two abstracted images below is what makes photography so attractive. It conveys the illusion of perfection while the abstractions speaks to the ineffable divinity of being.
For the past year and some change I have been executing on large-scale lifestyle photography for home products focusing primarily on bedding. This work is highly engaging but I have always enjoyed the elegant simplicity and challenge of on-white table top photography. To do it well is a practice in zen philosophy. You have your subject, your composition, and your light…that’s it. It’s a simple recipe yet the variance in outcome is infinite. The tack I took on the image below was to tell the materials story. For instance, I highlighted the textured feel of the canister, the sterilized sharpness of the mouth of the container and the portrayed lightness of its implied potential to float away on its own from the surface. So, when the seemingly mundane task arrived in the form of “Hey guys, we need an image of the new company water bottle for our VIP portal,” my arm shot up like the teacher’s pet, despite the fact that I consider myself more of a class clown.
I did the majority of the photography for this Google packaging, as well as all of the photos submitted for the award:
The Dieline Awards 2018: http://www.thedieline.com/blog/2018/4/15/the-dieline-awards-2018-made-by-google-packaging
Sonny swung by the studio today while I was making a portrait of my colleague, Cortney, and yes we do have an airplane in our studio. Sonny Is the coolest collaboration I ever joined in on!! He is half Gypsy (my half) and half Irish (his mom’s).
Studio Colleagues: Our studio team has been decompressing with a fun “know your neighbor” portrait study series.
I moved myself and my family to northern Utah in the middle of last winter. To date, I cultivated my career within the persistent busyness of world class cities. I started out in NYC, then moved to Chicago, San Diego, and finally the SF bay area...but I was raised in a small coastal North Carolina town. Back then, the kids were let to be wild in the wild, with very little supervision and no portable tech. A few years back, nostalgia for those wild spaces became need, so I started looking for a slow, more wild place to live. I currently keep a steady job which frees me up to pull mountain trout from crystal clear ice cold streams, and fruitlessly chase elk up and over wild mountain terrain. My soul is settled, but the work must still be done. Below is an outtake from a recent project that I think best describes how I feel when I put myself in my local wilderness. Below that is an establishing shot that sets the stage for a weekend outdoor respite. And below that is a shot from some side work I am doing for my neighbor, who owns a local outdoors store. I met him when he came out to ask if I needed help unloading my moving truck. It was 9pm on a cold northern Utah January night, with at least a foot of snow on the ground. Stay tuned if you are curious how a "big city" photographer fairs in "fly over country" U.S.A. I know I am!
Just a little more getting Googley for the Google store
My current project aims to put people to sleep. And as a parent, I now know. Sleep. Is. Priceless!